Etihad Airways and nasair have signed a codeshare agreement at World Routes in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Within the agreement Etihad Airways will place its ‘EY’ code on nasair flights between the Saudi cities of Jeddah and Medinah and Etihad Airways’ home base of Abu Dhabi.
Nasair will place its ‘XY’ code on Etihad Airways flights between Abu Dhabi and Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Colombo, Dhaka, Kuwait, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Tehran, Beirut, Bahrain, Muscat, Jakarta, Amman, Damascus, Basra, Baghdad, Erbil, Khartoum, Cairo, Tripoli, Istanbul and subsequently on flights operating to Europe, the Americas and South East Asia over the coming months.
Speaking to delegates about the new codeshare, nasair CEO François Bouteiller said it would offer the low-cost carrier the opportunity to access new markets in the US, Europe and Asia through Etihad’s network. He also said it would not be the last partnership nasair would conclude this year.
He said: “Actually I am very proud to announce this agreement with Etihad, it is a big move for us and Etihad are very interested to expand in the Saudi Arabian market, for us it means being able to serve the Americas, Europe and more frequencies across the Middle East region, and to work with a quality airline like Etihad, I am very proud of this.”
Subject to regulatory approvals, Etihad Airways and nasair will begin displaying their respective codes on routes in their respective winter schedules.